What are the Steps to Relocate a Tree? - Ask BrightView


Ask BrightView: Episode 17

Do you have a tree that you want to move to a new location for aesthetic reasons or because you're moving and want to take it with you? Learn the steps needed from our experts, who consistently move trees of all sizes and varieties, to ensure you keep your tree healthy through the entire process, from beginning to end.

(For the full transcript, see below.)

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What are the steps to relocate a tree?

SAL PONCE, expert:

My name is Sal Ponce and I have been relocating trees for 25 years. We're going to talk about the steps needed to move a tree.


Step one would be to hydrate the tree. Each tree is different. Depending on the caliper, we can from 50 gallons to 500 gallons of water.

Root Pruning

Once the tree is hydrated, we're going to go ahead and root prune the roots. When we determine the box size, we'll start to excavate by hand. Once we encounter the root, we'll cut it back.


When that step is done, then we'll start digging with a mini excavator or a backhoe from 3 1/2 to 4 feet deep.


Once all four sides are dug, then we'll install the outsides and insides of the box. We'll shape it and then we'll band the box just as you see here. When that is done, we'll re-water the tree to make sure it gets hydrated and then we'll start putting the bottom on the tree box.


Now that the tree is prepared and ready, the next step is to go ahead and excavate the hole where the tree is going to be relocated to. We'll pick it up with a crane and set it in the hole. Once it's in the hole, we'll remove the sides and start the planting process.


We'll backfill it with soil and pull the box sides off. One of the most important aspects of the job is to make sure the tree is still hydrated. To determine that, we'll use a probe to see if it's either moist or dry..

Now you know the steps it takes to relocate a tree from Point A to Point B so you can enjoy it for the years to come.